Finished book 1 of Aegypt. I got it, I thought - all the stuff about there being another history of the world, magic was once real etc, was flim-flam, smokescreen for the real inside-out message - it's not about the world but about the world within, the time when magic was real wasn't a period in history, but childhood. But at the same time I didn't get it, it seemed like reverse alchemy: turning the gold of the promised fantasy into the lead of the real, the normal, the mundane. Then I figured it out: fantasy is fake, fool's gold; the message in the book is the real deal and all the more alluring for it. It made me remember when I was a kid and I really did live in a world where ghosts and ufos and all manner of things were real.
I've actually finished book 2 as well, I don't have as clear an idea of it but the opening section with Pierce's childhood is astonishing.
― brekekekexit collapse collapse (ledge), Saturday, 18 March 2017 18:48 (two years ago) link
argh i need to reread so bad.
Actually, after reading your post, I realized that my original encounter went like this:
buy Love & Sleep at random at some store when it had just come out in hardback, having read Little, Big a few years prior
read first 50 to 75 pages of Love & Sleep and have my mind completely fucking lit up by it
realize it's book 2 of a series, go get Aegypt at used store right away
read Aegypt and have my mind completely fucking lit up by it
go into my weird 'this book is gonna be so good I have to wait til the perfect time to start it' mode wrt Love & Sleep
[20 years pass in which I think about Aegypt constantly but do not restart Love & Sleep]
― chip n dale recuse rangers (Jon not Jon), Friday, 24 March 2017 14:52 (two years ago) link
the passage about The Storm in Engine Summer is one of the most beautiful attempts to mythologize our current age that I've ever read
― Milton Parker, Thursday, 21 December 2017 22:22 (one year ago) link
His novel about intelligent crows is finally out. Really looking forward to getting it.
― I would never REALLY sign your death warrant! You're my-- my DOG! (Jon not Jon), Friday, 22 December 2017 17:51 (one year ago) link
Exciting. Wish I'd written my sketchy half-baked thoughts about the Aegpyt series while they were fresh. That's right, half baked and fresh. iirc 3 was a bit of a struggle at times, 4 took a left turn away from some of the earlier ideas in favour of a tonal realism and a redemption for Pierce which, to me, felt quite satisfying. Perhaps unlikely i'll read them again but there is more than enough I only half glimpsed or half understood to justify it. Aegpyt is a big place, Mr Shadrach, a man could lose himself in Aegypt. Anyway I will catch up with all his other works at some point.
― Here comes the phantom menace (ledge), Saturday, 23 December 2017 13:06 (one year ago) link
Have I really never posted in this? John Crowley is the best writer in SF.
― Guayaquil (eephus!), Saturday, 23 December 2017 16:03 (one year ago) link
John Crowley is the best writer in SF
This (obviously) sounds provocative, but I can't think of anyone better.
Yes! I just reread Engine Summer as a holiday treat. I wondered if having read it 5 years ago I remembered too much to enjoy it as much this time around, but if anything I liked it even more knowing some of what was coming.
3 was a bit of a struggle at times, 4 took a left turn away from some of the earlier ideas in favour of a tonal realism and a redemption for Pierce which, to me, felt quite satisfying
That fits my memory; my notes for 3 say " I found this really dragged for quite a while, but then suddenly I ended up reading the last 2/3rds of the book in under 48 hours", while for 4 I wrote "A real pleasure, after the relative slog of the previous volumes - breezed through it in (essentially) a day while ill, just luxuriating in it - a big payoff in enjoyment from the investment in the previous volumes, if not any big revelation in terms of content."
― toby, Saturday, 30 December 2017 17:36 (one year ago) link
...the collapsed ruins of a rustic gazebo where once old men had gathered to play cards and checkers and talk about how bad the world had grown.
― Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 18:04 (one year ago) link
― as the crows around me grows (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 18:12 (one year ago) link
Should be ilx description, posted over the gates.I still agree with James B. about starting w novellas; that's still as far as I've gotten.Novelty: Four Stories, from the late 80s, is the one I read, though still want to check this-century Novelties & Souvenirs: Collected Short Fiction.
― dow, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 21:39 (one year ago) link
Ka is great.
― toby, Monday, 7 May 2018 20:05 (one year ago) link
Did you see the youtube interview I posted with him in the speculative fiction thread?
― Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 12 May 2018 15:42 (one year ago) link
Was that the geeks guide to the galaxy podcast? I'd bookmarked that from somewhere on ilx a while back and saved it for after reading the book - in fact I listened to it a couple of days ago. It was pretty interesting although a bit sad that it sounds like his books haven't been selling so well.
― toby, Sunday, 13 May 2018 14:22 (one year ago) link
That's the one.
― Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 13 May 2018 14:34 (one year ago) link
Thanks for posting it!
― toby, Sunday, 13 May 2018 16:30 (one year ago) link